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Benefits of warm lemon water

I haven’t tried this yet, but I thought its worth sharing here.  (Info and photo lifted from Facebook)

Recipe:   a cup of warm water (not hot) and the juice from half of a lemon.

Benefits

1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.

3. Helps with weight loss: Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.

4. Aids digestion: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.

5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin: The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.

7. Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this.

8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.

9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.

10. Helps kick the coffee habit: After taking a glass of warm lemon water, most people suggests of less craving for coffee in the morning.

Food for dieters

Diet is not only for achieving a slim look, but for a healthy living. It doesn’t necessarily mean that when you are on a diet you are trimming off your shape while sitting in worship chairs. In planning a healthy diet you need to consider not only counting about the calories but also relying on their freshness, color and variety. Start your habit by adding a fresh bowl of salad as vegetables are not only low on calories but is packed with essential nutrients and vitamins. Fruits are also a great addition as it is not only delicious but are also antioxidants. Choose whole grains over bad carbs that is mostly on commercial foods and also splurge on healthy fats like plant oils and fatty acids from fishes. And focus on quality substitute proteins like nuts, beans, and soy.

Health Tips for Teenage Kids

Teenagers are very active and their bodies undergo very drastic changes both physically and emotionally. Their bodies also experience a lot of hormonal changes as this is the period when the boys and girls transform to be adults. It is therefore important they be healthy in order to enjoy their lives to the maximum. Exercises, a well balanced diet and care are the greatest ingredients to a better health of teenagers. You should ensure that your kids get enough time to play with their friends on a daily basis so that they can keep fit. Exercise will also ensure effective transport of food and oxygen throughout their active bodies. Their meals should incorporate proteins, carbohydrates, fats as well as vitamins and minerals. A healthy teenager is a happy kid.